Scelzo desperate for Contepomi’s Puma return

Argentina prop Martin Scelzo is desperate for his captain and team talisman Felipe Contepomi to regain fitness for the Pumas World Cup Pool B showdown with Scotland.

Flyhalf Contepomi injured his ribs in the Pumas opening round loss to England and that loss means that Argentina must beat Scotland if they are to progress.

“He’s going to be fine and if not he has to be fine,” Scelzo told the Daily Mail emphasising the importance of the Stade Francais fly-half.

Contepomi missed Argentina’s second match in this year’s world cup against Romania but is expected to return for the Scotland match in Wellington.

Fifty six cap Scelzo, who has been an international since 1996, knows that the Pumas will need a fully fit backline and for their pack to be on form.

“If we want to win the game we need to win the forward battle.

“I think the key of the game will be there. Scotland have very good forwards and we have to have our attention on that part of the game.”

Scelzo came off the bench against England and Romania is expected to face Geoff Cross and Moray Low who played last year in Tucuman and Mar del Plata as Euan Murray does not play on Sundays for religious reasons.

“Scotland have many good props. The two times Scotland won in Argentina, he (Murray) wasn’t on the field. It doesn’t depend on one player.”

While Scotland will be looking for revenge after the Pumas knocked them out of the world cup in 2007 Scelzo said that Argentina would not have revenge on their minds for last year’s two defeats.

“Both games are in the past, we are now focused on the present and this week’s game against Scotland.”


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